Kurt Cobain's guitar just sold for $4.55 million and helped raise money for mental health awareness

'The proceeds [going] toward our effort to kick the stigma surrounding mental health makes this acquisition even more special to me'
Kurt Cobain's Guitar
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Kurt Cobain’s 1969, lake placid blue, Fender guitar, best known for being played in the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video, has found a new home. The iconic instrument was auctioned off for a whopping 4.5 million dollars over the weekend and it was all for a good cause.

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Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Irsay, who previously had the guitar displayed as part of his rock memorabilia collection is now the official owner of the guitar. While he is humbled to preserve a part of Rock history, he also takes pride that part of the large amount he paid went to help ending the stigma surrounding mental illness.

"I am thrilled to preserve and protect another piece of American culture that changed the way we looked at world," Irsay shared. "The fact that a portion of the proceeds will go toward our effort to kick the stigma surrounding mental health makes this acquisition even more special to me."

A certain amount of proceeds will benefit Kicking the Stigma, an organization lead by Irsay’s family to bring awareness to mental health disorders.

Cobain’s guitar wasn’t the only item donated to the auction by his family. They also donated his 1965 Dodge Dart that he owned and drove. It ended up going for $375,000.

Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.

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